19 Jan 2015

Pohiva sworn in as Tongan PM

8:47 pm on 19 January 2015

'Akilisi Pohiva has been sworn in as the Prime Minister of Tonga during the first sitting of the Legislative Assembly.

Matangi Tonga reports that the Speaker Lord Tu'ivakano led the swearing in of Mr Pohiva as Prime Minister and as Minister of Education and Foreign Affairs.

Other Cabinet Ministers were also sworn in.

Members of parliament were sworn in, except for the Noble's Representative Lord Nuku and People's Representative Semisi Sika, who were absent.

The House adjourned to allow Noble's Representative Lord Vaea and People's Representative Veivosa Taka to deliver the parliament's response to the King's opening address.

The agenda tomorrow is expected to include the appointment of the Chairman of the Whole House Committee, as well as members and chairs of Parliamentary Standing Committees.

Tonga Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva.

Tonga Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva. Photo: RNZ